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1:15 PM ET, March 13, 2009

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Eric March / Indecision Forever:
Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer: The Extended Daily Show Interview  —  Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart went toe-to-toe last night.  It was just like Ali-Foreman, only with more head trauma.  But you didn't see everything.  Much of the interview had to be cut for time.  But this is the internet, where all we have is time.
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James Fallows:
It's true: Jon Stewart has become Edward R. Murrow  —  Through karmic guidance, I sprang awake at the exact moment Jon Stewart was beginning his [merciless demolition of] interview with Jim Cramer of CNBC's “Mad Money.”  —  Yes, it is cliched to praise Stewart as the “true” voice of news …
The Huffington Post:
Jim Cramer On “Daily Show”: Jon Stewart Hits Hard (VIDEO)  —  HuffingtonPost/AP  —  SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO EXCERPT  —  NEW YORK — Jon Stewart hammered Jim Cramer and his network, CNBC, in their anticipated face-off on “The Daily Show,” repeatedly chastising the “Mad Money” host for putting entertainment above journalism.
Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Fight Night: Cramer vs. Stewart  —  CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer appearance on the Daily Show last night, the much-anticipated showdown in the feud between the financial network and the fake news show.  The reviews now pouring onto the net are virtually unanimous: Stewart won.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Catch A Predator  —  I watched the Daily Show with growing shock last night.  Did you expect that?  I expected a jolly and ultimately congenial discussion, after some banter.  What Cramer walked into was an ambush of anger.  He crumbled from the beginning.
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Economic Meltdown Not a Laughing Matter  —  It wasn't a “Brawl Street,” or a thrilla in vanilla.  It wasn't a “Daily Show” friendly feud or even much of a discussion.  Mostly, the much-hyped Thursday night showdown between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, the mercurial host of “Mad Money” on CNBC, felt like a Senate subcommittee hearing.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth  —  It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama's high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Beck: People ‘Pushed To The Wall’ By ‘Political Correctness’ Launch Spree Killings  —  There was a remarkable segment on Glen Beck's show yesterday, thankfully captured by Matt Corley in which Beck was basically outlining his view that the reason you see spree killings like the one in Alabama …
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China “worried” about US Treasury holdings  —  BEIJING (AP) - China's premier expressed concern Friday about its massive holdings of Treasuries and other U.S. debt, appealing to Washington to safeguard their value, and said Beijing is ready to expand its stimulus if the economy worsens.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Waters fights back  —  Rep. Maxine Waters, under fire for a potential conflict of interest involving a bank in which she has a financial interest, is pushing back hard on the allegations with a long, unapologetic statement justifying her advocacy for minority owned banks.
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TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
So Why DID H. Rodgin Cohen Withdraw as Treasury's No. 2?
David Cho / Washington Post:
Fourth Nominee Withdraws From Treasury's Roster
Leslie H. Gelb / New York Times:
How to Leave Afghanistan  —  ONLY if our troop levels hit 100,000 and fighting floods over into Taliban havens in Pakistan will Washington be likely to look hard at the alternative policy for Afghanistan — withdrawing most American forces and refocusing our power on containing …
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Scott / Power Line:
Report from Malmo  —  Swedish journalist Paula Neuding provides a sobering report on events surrounding the riots that greeted Israel's Davis Cup team in Malmo last week.  Neuding reports: … The reference to frustration and anger with “Israel's occupation” is of course to Israel's occupation of Israel.
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Paulina Neuding / Weekly Standard:   Welcome to Ramallmö  —  How a tennis match sparked riots in Sweden.
Washington Wire:
McCain Threatens to Oppose Interior Nominee Over Reagan Remark  —  Stephen Power reports on politics.  —  Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain today denounced as “highly offensive” remarks about Ronald Reagan made by President Barack Obama's nominee for the number two spot at the Department of the Interior.
Wall Street Journal:
There's No Pill for This Kind of Depression  —  Six months after the collapse, a “pandemic of fear.”  —  It is six months since Lehman fell and the crash (or the great recession, or the collapse—it's time it got its name) began.  An aspect of the story given less attention than it is due …
Maury Thompson / PostStar.com:
Tedisco shakes up campaign after drop in Siena poll  —  It's time to separate “the real Jim Tedisco” from the partisan negativity his own national party has portrayed in the campaign so far, Republican and Conservative congressional candidate James Tedisco said.
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Morally Unserious in the Extreme  —  WASHINGTON — Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research.  I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama on Spot Over a Benefit to Gay Couples  —  WASHINGTON — Just seven weeks into office, President Obama is being forced to confront one of the most sensitive social and political issues of the day: whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Lieberman open to reunion with Democratic Party  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is not ruling out running as a Democratic candidate in his reelection race in 2012.  —  Lieberman said on Thursday that he has been asked by friends about the possibility of returning to the party that nominated him for vice president in 2000.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Ya can't make it up: House praises pi  —  With the world swirling about it, the House took a moment Thursday to honor pi, the Greek letter symbolizing that great constant in mathematics representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman v. Franken  —  The Senate's top Republican Friday urged Norm Coleman to take his fight against Al Franken all the way to the Supreme Court “until we know who won.”  —  Franken holds a 225-vote lead after a hand recount of ballots cast in November.  But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
 
 
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